EU's e-commerce inquiry: more requests for information
The purpose of the inquiry is to help the Commission to understand and tackle barriers to cross-border e-commerce. Currently, only 15% of consumers purchase online from a seller based in another EU Member State and the Commission considers that to be a problem. The inquiry will be relevant to every business that sells or facilitates the sale of goods or services online in the EU.
The new questionnaires focus on how suppliers of branded goods design and operate their routes to market in the EU, including choosing whether to operate exclusive or selective distribution, agency or franchise. The Commission is also particularly interested in how suppliers deal (or do not deal) with online marketplaces.
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Once the Commission has gathered the data that it wants, there will be a processing and review stage, and then further competition infringement investigations where there is evidence that the EU's competition rules may have been infringed.
If you would like more information about what this might mean for your business and wish to avoid unnecessary risks, contact us now. We can help you to identify and manage potential risks so that they do not become a focus of the Commission's inquiry.